Camping along Lake Superior


Camping is permitted at designated sites only. Available sites:

  • Campgrounds, state park, municipal and private.
    These are generally located inland. They make a good base camp for day trips. Fees are charged and reservations are advisable.
  • Kayak/backpack campsites in state parks.
    These primitive state park sites are accessible by water or foot trail only. Most of these sites have fire rings. Reservations are required. At these sites, all state park rules apply and all vehicles must have a state park vehicle permit.
  • Water Trail kayak campsites.
    These primitive sites are accessible from the lake only. There is no parking allowed. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no fee charged at this time. The campsites are intended for a one night maximum stay, weather permitting. Group sizes are limited to six paddlers; please be courteous to others sharing adjacent sites. Fires are not allowed. Please leave campsites as clean or cleaner than you find them and carry out all trash. For more information on individual site capacity, refer to the route description portion of this map.

Camping rules

  • Low impact camping.
    Please tread very lightly when you are on land. Use only established trails. Notice that even what appears to be a "plain" rock surface is actually covered with many brightly colored lichens, mosses and tiny plants. Avoid walking on mosses and lichens along the shore. The use of camp stoves at campsites is recommended. Within state parks campfires are allowed in fire rings only.
  • Camp in groups of 6 or less. Camp only in designated areas that are marked on the map.
  • Respect private homes and property along the shore! Please take breaks and camp only at designated areas.

Drinking water

Drinking water is not provided at most of the campsites. Be prepared to treat all water from the lake and rivers. Carry all your water needs when paddling in the St. Louis River estuary.

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